Spring Garden Room is your oasis, kindly guarded by Mr. Bones, which provides a queen bed w/ luxury bedding and a decorative fireplace. This pleasant, calming, 2nd floor room shares a bathroom with other traditional bedrooms; but is reserved for you, during your stay (as no other rooms will be booked while you are our guest) unless you have a party of more than two!!!
Spring Garden Room, on the second floor of this grand house, is a respite from the roads and skies of the traveler to North Carolina, providing a pillow-topped queen bed w/ luxurious bedding in soothing floral tones; in a large bedroom with a decorative fireplace, candlelit windows, matching bedside lamps for much ambiance and atmosphere of a garden oasis, a world away from day-to-day world; as the room is adorned with collectables and garden artwork, from the delight of the proprietress, "D"/Aunt D. . .
Guests of Safari Room will have access to the three-piece bath which serves the entire second floor of bedrooms; only one of which is currently offered to Air BnB guests. The generous hall which is adorned with art and gems and book collections is quietly guarded by "Mr. Bones" who offers a presence and a smile. The living and dining rooms welcome guests at all hours of their stay; with self-serve, continental breakfast and coffee offered between 7 am and 11 am. . .and, the front porch and rear gardens offer guests various outdoor spaces for seclusion or socializing/sunning or shading/singing or (URL HIDDEN) most all seasons!!
Interaction with guests
Guests will most often be greeted at the door by proprietress "D"/Aunt D, upon arrival; and subsequently by D's husband, Don; or others of the close-knit (URL HIDDEN) each personalized check-in is scheduled. Delayed or off-hours check-ins may be offered, as able; but will be at discretion of "D"/Aunt D, for each guest situation. . .she is known to be a night-owl. . .
Other things to note
Particular to this wonderful home and proprietress is her "heart-to-heart" approach to life; which includes not only her sharing of her home sweet home; but of her life-coaching skills and spiritual awareness and healthful wares within her new endeavor: Heart-to-Heart Gift Gallery (for body, mind, and spirit), right here on the historic grounds of her local family's estate. Please check back for forthcoming website/(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) links!!
Plan ahead for special gatherings, energy/massage treatments and/or a personalized life-coaching/spiritual journey/exploration session. And, be certain to stop in the Heart-to-Heart shop during your stay!!
Born w/ an inherent awareness of our built environment, I have always embraced my interest and passion for built structures amidst their natural settings. I surprised my family and friends by requesting a replica "town" cake when only three years old; and delighted in childhood years of hands-on activities learning spatial concepts from various miniatures. I drafted my first built project at the age of 14 years old, and solved two significant design challenges, again to the delight of my family (and ultimate dismay of the slipshod contractor!) From that experience, I progressed as somewhat of a local, small town pioneer in exploring the architecture/design industry, as the only female enrolled; and then subscribing to an independent advanced study/correspondence course; in technical/architectural drafting while in high school “shop” class. Following in the footsteps of my male cousins, I attended their alma mater and studied architectural technology; leading the AIAs (student chapter of AIA) at Fairmont State College; responding to the 1980's flood disaster by providing pro-bono building surveys in the flood path with the technical construction knowledge gained from summers spent as a student Technical Assistant in highway/bridge/building construction endeavors. From there, after a run for national office, I was determined to gain my professional degree in architecture, and thus moved to the Baltimore/Washington metro region to earn a Master of Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America; while working full time as an architectural drafting technician; progressing to architectural designer then to project architect/construction administration manager. I was introduced to world travel during a graduate study summer, and toured Europe with an architect's eye, sketchbook, and a pentax K-1000 outfitted with a wide angle lens! Upon completion of my graduate degree, I filled my "free" time with what has become nearly 25 years of pro-bono/volunteer design work with the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore (from which I "retired" in 2014, as a member of the Board of Directors) as well as other/similar outreach (Habitat 4 Humanity, Extreme Makeover/Home Edition, Historic District Committee, etc.) I have independently explored innovations in house designs, to the point of receipt of the 2009 MD ACI "Excellence in Concrete - Residential Design" for a sustainable, passive solar/natural convection, eco-friendly custom-built house in the Baltimore region. I have seek opportunities to collaborate with taken up sailing as an eco and challenging recreation, and embrace the design innovations of "boat" and passion of being on the water, propelled by wind, and fed by fun!! I also continue to embrace and/or educate both, my design-industry colleagues/clients and sail colleagues to ever improve and respond to our stewardship of this earthly context within which our lives are blessed to occur.